review | giant cell arteritis

When it comes to headaches in patients over the age of 50, giant cell arteritis is a diagnosis that always has to be in your list – especially because visual loss is a common complication and can be avoided if you pick it up early. 

This review from Rheumatology outlines the latest guidelines from Britain regarding the how to manage giant cell/temporal arteritis. Some of the key points:

Suspect giant cell arteritis if the patient is over 50 and has:

  • abrupt onset unilateral headache
  • scalp tenderness
  • visual loss or field defect
  • jaw/tongue/limb claudication
  • polymyalgic symptoms
  • systemic symptoms

Click here for more information – the full text is free at the moment, and is well worth a quick read. 

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